Cutting-edge robotic technology available for public patients

Two men stand in an operating theatre beside a piece of robotic medical equipment. One man holds a model of a person's calf and foot.
Hon. Roger Cook MLA Minister for Health and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery Dr Omar Khorshid
November 2, 2021

South Metropolitan Heath Service (SMHS) is the first public health provider to offer robotic assisted joint replacement surgery to public patients.

Making itself at home in one of the newly refurbished theatres at Fremantle Hospital (FH) after initially being located at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Stryker Australia Mako SmartRobotics system was procured under the State Government’s Market-led Proposal policy.

The latest in robotic technology assists surgeons to plan and more accurately perform bone cuts as it uses a CT scan to create a 3D image of the patient’s unique anatomy.

FH Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr Omar Khorshid, said he was excited at the potential for enhanced patient outcomes from hip and knee replacement surgery as a result of the robotic arm assisted surgery.

“This technology allows us to customise the planned surgery to the bony anatomy of the individual patient and then to insert the joint replacement in a way that minimises soft tissue injury and optimises outcomes,” Omar said.

“In performing the surgery, the robot guides the surgeon as they perform the cuts with enhanced accuracy and includes haptic technology which limits the possibility of damaging other structures during surgery.

This advancement signifies a substantial investment in developing SMHS elective surgery capacity and demonstrates our commitment to investing in FH, equipping us now and into the future.

The technology will be purchased through a five-year agreement.

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